20 Gift Ideas For Travelers

Less than two weeks left ‘til Christmas, dear readers! Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? To help you find a present for your fellow traveler (or maybe even yourself), here are 20 items below ₱3,000.

1. Wanderskye Luggage Cover, ₱1,195-1,596

Be a little less paranoid about the NAIA’s tanim bala gang with luggage covers from Wanderskye. They’re available in small (₱1,195), medium (₱1,395), and large (₱1,596). There are many designs to choose from, including a map that you can color with sharpies.

2. Navi Planner, ₱598

This planner’s hard cover features an embossed map of the world, with extra focus on the Philippines. The pages include travel plans, bucket lists, and slumbook-style life goals. There’s also a booklet of shopping and discount coupons. Available at leading bookstores nationwide and ilovebdj.com.

3. Quest Leather Journal, ₱680


This blank leather journal is for all the doodling, planning, and compulsive note taking that takes place while you’re on a plane, train, or bus ride to your next destination. There’s also a sealable plastic pouch and card pocket for tucking in tickets and mementos. Available at leading bookstores nationwide and ilovebdj.com.

4. Quote Guru Neck Pillow, ₱1,695

For that friend who’s obsessed with posting #wanderlust quotes, here’s a travel neck pillow they can sleep with. Available at Wanderskye.

4. Scratch Map, ₱1,350

To mark the places you’ve been around the world, simply scratch the country off this map to reveal a new layer below. In Manila, you can buy this from Quirks. For international online purchases, visit Scratchmap.org and Amazon. There’s also a Philippine edition.

5. Adventure Map, ₱1,550

Just like the scratch map, this features the entire world, except that you scratch items off a bucket list of 300 adventures. The experiences are categorized by nature, culture, activity, and cuisine. Bucket list includes exploring the Amazon jungle, visiting the Rio carnival, and white water rafting in Equador. Available at Quirks, Scratchmap.org, and Amazon.

6. kikki.K Travel Stationery Kit, US $24.95

Remember when you were a kid and the flight attendants gave you an activity set to keep you entertained on long flights? Reminisce your childhood with this travel stationery kit for kids of all ages. It contains a notebook, activity book, sticker sheets, activity cards, and colored pencils—all packed in a cute plastic tote. Available at kikki.K.

7. kikki.K Minimalist Travel Notes, US $24.95

For that person who likes to journal, but hates the cutesy colorful designs that most stationery stores offer, here’s a minimalist take from kikki.K. It’s a small journal with 120 pages, including a travel checklist, world map, contacts section, postcards, and gift list.

8. Quirks Luggage Tags, ₱195 each

Frankly, I’m getting sick of those “This bag is not yours!” luggage tags that almost every Pinoy traveler gets from bazaars. For something different but still quirky, check out these bag tags from Quirks. There’s Namaste for yoginis, the DeLorean for sci-fi geeks, and a Maneki Neko for cat ladies.

9. Travel Stub Diary, ₱612 or US $12

If you’re the type who likes to keep boxes of memorabilia from your travels, this handy album will make it easier to hoard. Keep those ticket stubs, maps, brochures, postcards, pictures, napkin doodles, and other items in this album’s clear, acid-free sleeves that will preserve them for years without damage. Available at Amazon.

10. Cork Globe, US $42-124

Show off your global exploits by sticking red pins on the parts of the globe that you’ve already traveled to. This cork globe comes with a supply of red pins and is mounted on a stainless steel base. Pick from two sizes—10” ($42) and 5.5” in height ($124). Available at Suck UK and Amazon.

11. Havaianas “Lakbay, Lasap, at Laro” Flip-flops, ₱1,195 each

Havaianas Philippines just released this three-piece holiday collection by Filipino artists Abbey Sy, Alessa Lanot, and Patrick Cabral. The three designs—lakbay (travel), lasap (taste), and laro (play) pay tribute to the Filipino culture. Available at All Flip-Flops Stores around the Philippines.

12. Hipknoties Mini, $59.99

One garment, 30 ways. This multi-way garment can be worn as a scarf, shawl, top and if you’re really petite, a mini dress. There are online tutorials to help you create different looks, or if you’re like some of their loyal fans, create your own unique styles. It’s great for jetsetters. The minis are currently on sale at US $89.99 for two at hipknoties.com.

13. Travelogue Travel Journal, ₱1,050 or US $29

From the same makers of the scratch map, the travelogue journal comes with eight miniature scratch maps representing the different regions of the world. There are also folders where you can keep your travel memorabilia. Available at Rustan’s, scratchmap.org and Amazon.

14. “I Must Go” Passport Sleeve, ₱840

Made of genuine leather and crafted by Filipino artisans, this passport sleeve fits two passports and has a leather flap for your tickets and boarding pass. Available at Seek The Uniq.

15. Lagu Beach-Friendly Beach Blanket, ₱999

Hate getting sand stuck in your sarong or beach blanket? This one repels sand, is hypoallergenic, and quick dry. Available in nine colors at Life On The Sands.

16. Our Life Story, ₱2,195 or US $50

This journal/scrapbook is great for traveling couples who are about to embark on a new adventure or jet-setting honeymoon. Available at Quirks, Suck UK, and Amazon.

17. Typo Travel Journal, ₱999

Typo is a sub-brand by Cotton On and they sell a lot of irresistible travel gifts, like bags and stationery. This travel journal makes a great last-minute Christmas present. Available at Typo TriNoMa Mall and select Cotton On shops.

18. Moleskine Travel Journal, ₱1,390

A cult favorite in the world of notebooks, Moleskine caters to travelers by putting five themed sections where you can jot down your checklists, calendars, travel tidbits, budget and trip plans, and other blank pages to fuel your wanderlust. Available at moleskine.com and all leading bookstores globally.

19. Passport Envelope, ₱1,250

Made of 100% recycled leather, this passport envelope may also be used as a wallet and document holder. There are three colors to choose from (peach, lemon, and pistachio) and are available at Seek The Uniq.

20. Sidlan Multi-Way Bag, ₱1,400

It’s a multipurpose bag that can be used as a drawstring bag, beach mat, yoga mat, and blanket. Available at Sidlan and Zalora.

Photos from chroniclebooks.com, cottonon.com, fb.com/havaianasphilippines, fb.com/Sidlan-230105643846737, hipknoties.com, kikki-k.com, lifeonthesands.com, moleskine.com, scratchmap.org, seektheuniq.com, suck.uk.com, and wanderskye.com.

December 13, 2015

  1. The scratch maps are so cool! Though di ko pa magagamit recently dahil di pa ko nakakarating abroad. The journals are so pretty too. I want the multi way bag as well. I just went to Palawan and I wish I had that. The luggage cover is so cute! The bag tags are so quirky. I love going to quirks to look for something cute yet useful. 🙂

  2. *sending this link to my family and friends for them to know the best gifts for me! lol*
    For me, my top must-haves are numbers 2,3,4,5,and 14.

    Thanks for these list of cool gift ideas, Kate! This is actually pretty helpful and would save people’s time wondring what to get for travelers this Christmas. (…and for birthdays too! :D)
    Btw, this is my first time reading your blog and so far I like what I’m seeing.
    Keep it up! x

  3. Woaaah! I love everything in this list! Lalo na yung Typo Travel Journal and Sidlan Multi-Way Bag. Hihi. Naalala ko tuloy nakapanuod ako sa NewsTV ng DIY na multi-way bag for travellers 🙂 Also, parang infinity dress for travellers pala ang peg nung Hipknoties Mini. 🙂 Hoping we could receive any of these ngayong gift-giving season!

    What are those three items na meron na po kayo ate Kate? 🙂

  4. Super love your gift ideas. Hope I will receive one of those on your list this Christmas. Hehe. Luggage cover is a must have na talaga knowing that modus, kind of scary kaya it’s better be safe. Wanderskye is a bit affordable than suitup brand I know. Oh I’m a planner lover, navi is a good gift indeed. Those journal and travel note pad on your list are really pretty. Love those maps too:D First time to heard about hipknoties, 30 ways in one garment is wow. Sakto na yan for a month:D Cute ng mga designs ng havaianas,gusto ko yun neon green strap. Awesome gift reco Ms. Kate!

  5. Thanks for these gift ideas! I know now what to give to my traveller friends! I like the luggage cover kasi medyo iwas tanim bala and the Beach Blankets are very useful. I gotcurious about the Scratch Map and my artsy fartsy side got excited with the Stationery Kit! 🙂

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